Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tis The Season!

... to make, bake and create. Don'tcha just love it?!
Well, I do too! However, like many of you, it's not like I have a whole lot of time to do these extra activities but what one does is make time. (that's part of creating!) One of the things I plan to do is incorporate a couple social activities into my crafting by having some little friends into the home to help me out! My absolute 'druthers' would be doing all this with my own little grand-daughters but 2nd best is loving on my little ones here in Santa Rosa.
First of all, to start blogging about this time period ... I will say that I made something for our precious ones a couple weeks ago. This is the 'off' year for our being with family for Christmas so, I had to get something together for the mail and send it with someone who was flying home for Thanksgiving. After some thoughtful deliberation I decided on felt finger puppets … why? Well, because one of our favorite past-times is singing with or reading books to the girls... and whether I'm there or not they can use their puppets with Mommy or Daddy! Also, it's not like I have a Michaels or Ben Franklin in the area ... I have to use what I have on hand or improvise with what's available.
I looked around on the web and found some really good videos on finger puppets. I kind of gathered information in my head and combined it all to do it 'my way'.
So, this is what I used:
Of course, various colors of felt!

A good craft glue, straight pins, scissors (I like my embroidery scissors to use for smaller areas) and a little ruler.

Card-stock and tracing paper for patterns.
Pen, pencil, and fine-point sharpie.
 And this is what I did:
I used the card-stock and made a 'general' pattern to trace for each separate puppet and then I individualized each one according to character - for some using both the card-stock pattern and tracing paper. For example, some parts of each puppet were smaller so, I worked with via tracing paper and pinned it to the felt before cutting. For others I just used a black pen and traced the pattern – either way the shapes were about 3 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide. If there was a 'neck' I'd stick a finger up in the puppet to make sure I didn't get it too narrow, then I'd shape it up. 
Tigger has 5 little pattern pieces.

After using I pinned them together to save for another time.

I failed to mention for some puppets I used googly eyes, and I reinforced with embroidery stitches at the bottom.

Sometimes I layered the felt (Eyeore's mane, Tigger's stripes), other times used the black marker ...
Turned out pretty cute, right?
I even added a felt button to hold on the tail!
Well, I'm sure this wasn't anything new but it was loads of fun. I made several sets of story/songs characters and here is the Winnie-the-Pooh set with just these 4. I know there is a new bluish colored Eyeore but I like the old gray guy the best! 
The better option, and what I'll do in the future, is probably stitch all the sides with a sweet little blanket stitch using embroidery thread but to save time, I glued this time around.
So, here you have it DIY finger-puppet Christmas presents for the grand-kids. I think they'll like them, don't you? 
I'll share the other sets another day ... hint: monkeys, sea creatures and even a spider!
Tis the Season for crafting and today I am hopping over to: 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sunshine Award - Isn't This Pretty?

Many thanks to Jenfier at Feeding Nine On A Dime fochoosing me as a recipient of the Sunshine award. It's been so much fun getting to know her!  This absolutely is a fabulous honor and sure touched this heart of mine.  The Sunshine Blog Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blogosphere. I was so happy to see that I won this award because that is just what I want to happen here at Robin's Road

Here are the rules for accepting this award:
1. Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
2. Answer the following questions below.
3. And pass the award to 10~12 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded them. 
My answers to the questions:
Favorite color? Purple and all shades - light lavender to deep purple (until recently my color was green but, have had enough of it :/ !)
Favorite animal?  This has to be a tie between cats and dogs - I've always had both and love and enjoy them equally.
Favorite number?  12 - I loved being 12 years old! and also,  just think it's a great number and there were 12 tribes and 12 apostles, so God must like it too.
Favorite drink? coffee for hot, good sweet tea for cold
Facebook or Twitter?  Facebook for sure - all my family and friends are there and does my heart good.  
Your passion? My Family - doing whatever for them or with them, brings me joy ...
Giving or getting presents? Giving - love the whole process of getting it just right and then  seeing the face of the one on the receiving end!
Favorite day?  Sunday! always has been and I reckon it always will be!
Favorite flowers?  Daisies - don't they just make your heart happy!
And there you have it - a little about me! 
~~Okay, now it's time for me to share the love. The blogs that I am listing randomly below keep me smiling, inspired, entertained, informed and looking forward to their next post! 
Go on over and give them a visit and you'll see why!
Amanda and Debbie of    Our Home to Yours
Deirdra of    Golden Rule Living
Marie of   Marie's Simple Life
Sam of   Sam's Noggin
Roan of    Joyful Johnsons
Laura of    We Wilsons
AustinLee of    Bunch of Barrons
Joy of    Journey With Joy
Kelli of    The Turquoise Piano

I was a little delayed in responding to this myself because the day I got the note concerning it I was headed out of town with no internet and then came home with a terrible cold/flu virus so I was definitely MIA! However, please know, this is an honor and I had fun linking up some of my own favorite blogs... make sure you check them out! 
Hope the rest of your November is amazing!